Jul 12, 2013 7:24 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

More than 7,000 marijuana plants found near Montecito

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says more than 7,000 marijuana plants were removed from National Forest land near Montecito.

The marijuana was found at two different illegal growing operations in Romero Canyon.

During an eradication operation on Friday, deputies searched for two people seen and heard in the area, but were unable to locate them.

The Sheriff's Office says a significant amount of trash and irrigation drip line was also removed from the area. The trash included food, rat poison, propane tanks, clothing, and more.

The Sheriff's Office says the investigation into the growing operation is continuing.

Photo and video courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office



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